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Monmouth vs. Hofstra - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Hofstra Pride (4-3) at Monmouth Hawks (3-5)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Multipurpose Activity Center)

The Line: Monmouth Hawks -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

We have some non-conference college basketball action on tap Wednesday, as the Hofstra Pride take on the Monmouth Hawks.

The Hofstra Pride will look to avoid falling back to .500 after improving to 4-3 following a 107-72 rout over subdivision Molloy in their last outing. Justin Wright-Foremand led the team with 23 points on 8 of 19 shooting with 3 threes, a pair of blocks and a pair of steals, while Eli Pemberton came next with 19 points on 7 of 8 shooting with 3 threes and 3 steals. Matija Radovic chipped in 16 points on 4 of 5 shooting from behind the arc with a pair of steals, while Rokas Gustys added 14 points and 15 rebounds for a big-time double-double. Hunter Sabety added 11 points with 3 blocks to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Pride in the win. Wright-Foreman leads the team in scoring with 20.6 points per game while Gustys is averaging a double-double per game with 11.1 points to go along with his team-high average of 12 rebounds per game and Desure Buie is the team’s leading assist man with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Hofstra is scoring 77.7 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, 34.1% from behind the arc and 69.1% from the foul line this season.

Monmouth vs. Hofstra - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Monmouth Hawks will try to inch closer to an even record after falling to 3-5 this season with a 84-81 loss to UCONN in their last outing. Micah Seaborn led the way wih 27 points on 10 of 19 shooting with 5 triples, while Zac Tillman added 13 points and Diago Quinn chipped in 11 points with a pair of blocks as the lone 3 Hawks to finish in double figures scoring in the losing effort. Mustapha Traore added a team-high 8 rebounds, while Austin Tilghman chipped in 9 points with a team-high 3 assists. Deion Hammond leads Monmouth in scoring with an average of 9.6 points per game this season. Traore leads the team in rebounding with 5.5 boards per game and Tilghman is the team’s leading assist man with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Monmouth is scoring 73.2 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field, 36.8% from behind the arc and 65.6% from the foul line this season.

Hofstra is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games following a win. Monmouth is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 non-conference games.

I don’t know, but something just seems wrong to me about laying points with a team in poor form like Monmouth. Sure, the Hawks’ last 3 games have consisted of a pair of overtime losses and a win, and Hofstra is coming off of a rout of a subdivision team that doesn’t mean much. But I just have this feeling that Hofstra has the size and offensive prowess to give the Hawks some trouble. I’m not saying the Pride win this one outright, but this has the feel of a down to the wire, 3 point style of game for me so I’ll take Hofstra and the points.

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